"While the clay is cooling, head outdoors for a walk and search for an assortment of different-size pinecones. Decide which one best fits your base. Paint your pinecone green, making sure to get the brush into all the nooks and crannies. While the paint dries, choose a handful of glass or plastic beads to use as ornaments for your tree.
"Once the paint is dry, put a small dab of glue on each bead and place them all over the pinecone. When finished, set it aside to dry. Later, put a large amount of glue in the well of the brown clay base, and set your pinecone tree on it. Set aside to dry.
"Once glue is set, place a gold star sticker on either side of the very top of the pinecone, so they stick to one another. This is one of those crafts that Mom will pull out of the closet when you're in your 20s, and it will bring a smile to your face every time!"
Ornaments of Every Kind
Cut off the fluted edge of a pie plate. Draw a six-pointed Star of David on the foil circle. Cut out the star, and paint both sides with a bright color. You can decorate the middle of the star with the word SHALOM, which means peace in Hebrew. Punch a hole in the top of the star, thread it with string or yarn, and hang your star inside the house."
-- HOST PS Greer
"This year, let your kids put a little bit of themselves into the decorations -- literally. Have your child choose a photo of him or herself to incorporate into an ornament, which can be as simple as a Popsicle-stick frame or as sophisticated as a decoupage Styrofoam ball. The only requirement is that the finished product reflect the personality of its maker (and include the year in which it was made). Your kids will have fun comparing their faces over the years, and you'll love seeing your tree transformed into a virtual family album."
-- HOST PS Greer
"Mix one cup water, one cup flour and one cup salt. Mix with food coloring, or paint later. Shape, and bake at 350 degrees F until lightly browned. I paint mine with acrylic paints and spray glaze on it afterwards."